Women-Owned Grant

Creative Beast's natural play clay.

EILEEN FISHER Announces the Recipients of Its 2010 Business Grant Program for Woman Entrepreneurs.

  • Artterrois the brainchild of two enterprising moms in Madison, WI. Forrest Espinoza and Jen Conn create eco art kits packed with natural, artist-quality materials. They believe that open-ended projects offer an unplugged experience, tapping into creativity and problem-solving skills. Their ethically sourced kits are and assembled in the US by people with special needs at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern, WI.
  • Kari Erickson-Valenzuela starting making play clay with aromatherapy oils for her young daughter Olympia. Her Seattle-based company, Creative Beast, produces. Mama K's Aromatic Play Clay with all-natural, gluten-free play dough and scents to sooth, inspire and balance the creative beast within.
  • When her daughter was born, Seattle designer Holli Harris realized that couldn't find stylish work clothes that were practical for breast feeding. Her Seattle-based clothing company, Hadley Stillwell, fills that gap. Holli says that if she can remove obstacles so that working mother's breastfeed that much longer, "then I've accomplished my goal."
  • Esmerelda Kent is taking eco-consciousness from cradle to the grave with her innovative San Francisco based company Kinkaraco. It specializes in green burial products, including 100 percent natural, biodegradable fabric shrouds for every type of funeral service.